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Is Fat Loss 4 Idiots an Effective Diet Plan?

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

One of the most popular diets right now is Fat Loss 4 Idiots, and it’s surrounded by an immense amount of hype, but in truth, this diet (like all weight loss plans) is not the silver bullet that it’s advertised to be, but it is a moderately effective weight loss plan for the right type of dieter. 

Fat Loss 4 Idiots claims to be the only diet on the market that will help you lose 9 pounds every 11 days. A clarification: that’s not 9 pounds in 11 days, but rather 9 pounds each 11-day period while on the diet. Obviously, this is a major reason to be wary of this diet plan, or at least wary that its claims might be dubious, even for diets that claim to help you loose weight fast!

When you look into the diet, you begin to understand that this claim is watered down a certain extent due to the nature of the diet. Fat Loss 4 Idiot espouses cheat days, where you are free to eat whatever you crave. Every two weeks, you are entitled to three of these off days.

We all know that during the first four to five days on a diet, the pounds glide off easily, resulting from cleansing  your colon and shedding water weight. On the Fat Loss 4 Idiots diet then, you get the benefit of this initial loss during every 2-week period.

Here’s what that might look like: begin the diet and drop 9 pounds in 11 days, and gain 3 back during the next 3 days; lose 9 pounds during the second period and gain 3 back during the off days. The end result is indeed 9 pounds lost every 11 days, but a total weight loss of only 6 pounds every two weeks. Of course, even those numbers would be very difficult to repeat over the long term, but it does demonstrate how the Fat Loss 4 Idiots staff calculate weight loss.

A very positive feature of this diet is the cheat days. During every two week period, you spend 11 days on the diet and 3 days off the diet. This is an interesting approach, and is one that is shared by another innovative diet, the Cheat to Lose Diet. The principle is that you prevent your body’s fat burning hormones at full levels with the off days, and because you can satisfy your cravings at least once every two weeks, the diet is easier to adhere to over the long-term than other diets that help you loose weight quick.

The diet is also very simple for nearly anyone to use because it spends zero time, and I mean absolutely none, informing you about how the diet does what it does. It simply tells you what to eat. On the positive side, this is the quickest, brain-dead-simple way to start a diet; but it is far from ideal for those dieters who are interested in the facts behind why a diet works the way it does. If you are an information consumer, this do-what-I-say approach can grow old quickly.

A final point to note about the diet is the simplicity of it. It’s fast and easy to start, and it’s a low-maintenance plan because Fat Loss 4 Idiots doesn’t place much importance on carbohydrate and calorie counting or even portion size; instead, the program constantly encourages you to “eat short of being full.”

The major difference between the Fat Loss 4 Idiots diet plan and other weight loss programs is that the Fat Loss 4 Idiots diet plan is specifically designed to keep your body guessing so it never thinks it’s starving.

You should also note that this is a quick diet loss plan, nothing more. It’s not a complete weight loss program and there is no exercise component involved. If your goal is to lose weight quickly, you are likely aware that you will need to add an exercise component such as intervals and strength training to your overall plan.

Fat Loss 4 Idiots, like many other diets, works if you work it. But Fat Loss 4 Idiots is simpler to work thanks to its low amount of necessary maintenance, regular off days, and easy plans. But you will be wise to stay away from this diet if you want to learn the magic behind the curtains. Personally, I enjoy learning facts, and I need facts to stick with a plan. If you’re similar, you would be wise to consider another diet plan.

Great Ways To Fast Weightloss

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Want to loose weight quick? It’s easy to say goodbye to 10 pounds of unwanted fat with these easy diet tips. Just pay attention to what you eat and be sure to have good tasting, fresh and healthy food including snacks, fill up on vegetables and keep your taste buds happy with fruit.

No need to make sacrifices! Just follow these simple guidelines to lose your first 10 pounds, last 10 pounds or give your weight loss program a boost when it seems to have stuttered to a halt. This is a balanced and flexible plan that you can use for as long as you want.

1. Record everything that you eat and drink. You do not need to estimate calories. Just write down what it was that you had and the approximate quantity. You will find that being more aware of what you are eating helps you to plan healthy meals and snacks.

2. Halve your intake of all pure or added fats. This means using half as much butter or spread on your bread, toast, muffins and potatoes; half the usual amount of mayonnaise or sauce on your salad; and half the oil in the frypan every time.

3. Limit treats containing sugar to three times per week. This includes chocolate, ice cream, desserts, cake, pastries, cookies, etc.

4. Include a lower fat source of protein at most meals: chicken, fish, beans, cottage cheese, or low fat yogurt. Have eggs, nuts and red meat occasionally but not every day.

5. Plan at least one lunch and dinner every week without meat or cheese. Build those meals around whole grains, vegetables and beans to increase fiber and reduce fat.

6. Reduce the fat content in your milk products. If you are currently drinking whole milk, reduce to 2% fat. From 2% reduce to 1%. Choose lower fat cheese and yogurt. When you buy yogurt, also check that it does not contain sugar.

7. Have at least two servings of fruit every day. This can be for dessert or snacks. Choose fruit that is in season.

8. Drink water instead of sodas, juices, milky drinks or alcohol. Avoid diet soda - the sweet taste only encourages you to crave sugar. Hot water with a slice of lemon can be very refreshing in the morning.

9. Include at least two servings of vegetables at lunch and dinner. If you are getting hungry, have more.

10. Eat slowly. The body is slow to register when you are full and it is easy to eat too much if you are racing through your meals.

11. Grated carrot makes a great snack. You will find that a grated carrot is much more filling than a whole carrot. Strange but true.

12. Use whole grains wherever possible. The fiber will give you a fuller feeling and also help your digestion.

13. Choose food that you can chew. Again this will increase your fiber intake, and the act of chewing will make you feel more satisfied too. This means eating fruit instead of drinking juice. If you have soup, make sure it is chunky.

14. Plan your meals and snacks ahead of time. Plan your shopping too - make a list of what you need and stick to it. If you just grab something when you are feeling hungry, you will probably choose high calorie food.

15. Always switch off the TV when you eat. That includes snacks as well as meals. Studies have proved that we eat larger portions in front of the TV, probably because we are much less aware of what we are eating. When you eat, only eat if you want to loose weight quick.

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10 Minute Solution Yoga DVD Review

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Most public libraries offer a great resource of instructional materials on physical fitness and yoga. Best of all, it costs nothing to loan these materials. I, for one, often go to my local library to check out their DVD collection. However, not all yoga is created equal. Many yoga practices focus on stretching and flexibility, and will not necessarily burn fat. And a lot of the yoga postures are hard to accomplish for someone with no prior experience with yoga. Most of the yoga DVDs at my local library, to be frank, are not very effective in weight loss. On more than once, I’ve gone through a yoga practice with a big yawn on my face and have not sweated at all.

In my experience, I find one DVD–the 10 Minute Solution Yoga–to be particularly helpful in weight loss. This DVD consists of 5 ten-minute segments. They are:

1) Yoga Basics, which focuses on basic yoga postures, breathing, and techniques,

2) Yoga for Buns and Thighs, which is specifically targeted for those lower-body problem areas,

3) Yoga for Abs, specially designed for a flat belly,

4) Yoga Burn, which turns up the burn-factor on yoga with the use of dynamic movements,

5) and last, Yoga for Flexibility and Relaxation, which provides a great way to wind down your yoga workout.

You can use each set individually, mix and match them, or put all five together for a 50-minute total body workout.

With this DVD, you will find no excuse for not exercising. For even if you are one of those people who claim that they are too busy to exercise, surely you can find at least ten minutes in your day to do these segments.

Except for a couple of postures which seem hard to simulate, I find most of the workouts in this DVD humanly possible. It does take hard work and strong willpower, however. In the process of working hard and keeping it up, I sweat a lot. And that’s how you can shed those extra pounds with this DVD.